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Literary Festival

For over 30 years now the Richland College English Department, the Richland College Library, and the Office of Student Life have co-sponsored one of the college's most celebrated events: the Richland College Literary Festival. Every spring the festival hosts distinguished authors, panel discussions, student and faculty readings, and related activities. Come join us to present or participate in one of our festival events, Q&A's, or readings.

35th Annual Richland College Literary Festival

Emerging Alternate Literatures

Tuesday, April 3 - Thursday, April 5, 2018
Richland College Library
Lago Vista


Tuesday, April 3

Independent Zines, Graphic Novels, Comics panel discussion 12:30PM-1:50PM

Color Zines workshop by Lisa Huffaker, poet and artist 2:00PM-3:20PM

Wednesday, April 5

Lori Stephens, children & young adult fiction writer 10:10AM-11:05AM

Fatima Hirsi, poet 11:15AM-12:10PM

Thursday, April 5

Joe Stanco Faculty Readings (Prompt: the main character is unusual, surreal or has a superpower, 3-5 mins) Please contact Scott Branks at SBranks@dcccd.edu to participate in the event. 11:00AM-12:20PM

Student Readings Please contact Scott Branks at sbranks@dcccd.edu to participate in the event. 12:30PM-1:50PM

Presenter Bios

Lisa Huffaker

Multi-media artist Lisa Huffaker has been for using her powers for good ever since her zine workshop at Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange won a Best of Dallas award in 2012. A musician, poet, and visual artist, her poems have been published in Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Measure, Able Muse, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She won the Morton Marr Poetry Prize, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and hosts the Cloudwerks Poetry Workshop. Her latest project, White Rock Zine Machine, in which she transforms retired vending machines into whimsical sculptures offering tiny books by Dallas writers and artists, has been celebrated in D Magazine and The Dallas Observer, and awarded grants by the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Lisa is a classical singer by training, and sings with the Dallas Opera. She served as Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art last summer, where her installation, Sound/re:Vision, invited visitors to interact with a music box Zine Machine, compose their own chance music, and create zines inspired by a playlist ranging from opera to gamelan.

Color Zines with Lisa Huffaker

Come explore color as a catalyst to unlock memory, connotations, and creative possibility, as we create zines -- self-published booklets of art and writing. The workshop will include collage, bookbinding, poetry experiments, flash fiction, drawing, and flights of imagination. You may want to come with a piece of art or writing you'd like to include, or bits of interesting paper you've saved, like gum wrappers and fortune cookie fortunes. Each participant will leave with a hand-bound, original zine.

Lori Ann Stephens

Lori Ann Stephens (author) and Trevor Yokochi (illustrator) of Pierre François: Fifth Grade Mishaps will discuss the invention process and their collaboration on the children’s novel. Lori will have two Middle Grade novels—one humorous and one literary—published in 2018. Her award-winning literary ction has been published in Glimmer Train Stories and The Chicago Tribune, among other places.

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series which spotlights the creative feminine and non-binary energies of North Texas. She can often be found on Dallas sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers. She has been published in Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, D Magazine, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. Her chapbook, Moon Woman, is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press. See her work at fatimaayanmalikahirsi.com.

Alternative Comics and Self-Published Zines

Panel discussion on alternatives comics and self-published zines will feature: Lisa Huffaker, “The White Rock Zine Machine”; Josh Rose, “The conceptual and formal potential of digital comics”; Patrick Murphy, “Latin American Magic Realism, Manga and other trends in international comics”; Dwayne Carter, “Self-Published Madness Zines, Life in an Alternative Dallas Universe.”

Josh Rose, Faculty of Art History at Brookhaven College, has worked professionally on comics as a branch of scholarly efforts for several years. Most recently, he curated a large survey exhibition on comic practices called Heroes In the Making: The Art of Comic Production for the Greater Denton Arts Council.

Patrick Murphy is an artist, sound designer and a member of the English Faculty at Richland College. His visual art and sound design has been featured at performance venues and galleries such as Central Track and the Texas Theatre. He is currently teaching a world literature course on comics, manga and graphic novels at Richland.

Lisa Huffaker, creator of the White Rock Zine Machine, is a poet, musician, and visual artist, who combines many art forms into a single creative practice. Her poems have been published in Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Measure, Able Muse, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She won the Morton Marr Poetry Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She served as a Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art last summer.

Dallas Artist and Richland Faculty, Dwayne Carter, has exhibited digital prints, videos and zines at the Latino Cultural Center, Austin College and Aurora Video Festival of Lights.